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The 2014 Sports Illustrated prophecy has come true: The Astros are World Series champions

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A lot can happen in three years. Back in 2014, the Astros were presumed to be at least a few years away from reaching their potential -- so it surprised a lot of people when Sports Illustrated printed this cover

It was a rather specific suggestion, too, that Houston's rebuilding process would coalesce exactly three years later. 

You know where this post is heading.

On Wednesday night, the Astros beat the Dodgers, 5-1, to win their very first World Series. The prediction was true, and using a photo of George Springer proved to be perhaps the most prescient part of the whole thing, considering he was named the World Series MVP after mashing homers in five of the seven games. 

Over in Houston at Minute Maid Park, 17,000-plus Astros fans were delirious with joy: 

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Enjoy this, Houston.

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